Series (Game 3 of 4)

Colorado leads 3-1

Game 1: Saturday, November 15th
Game 2: Saturday, January 10th
Game 3: Thursday, January 15th
Game 4: Friday, February 20th

Stars 1

(19-19-0, 46 pts)

Avalanche 4

(25-10-2, 59 pts)

9:00 PM ET, January 15, 2004

Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

1 2 3 T
DAL 0 0 11
COL 0 2 24

P. Forsberg (Avalanche - C): Goals: 2, Assists: 0

D. Aebischer (Avalanche - G): Saves: 29, Save Pct.: .967

D. Hinote (Avalanche - RW): Goals: 1, Assists: 0

Dallas (19-18-8-0) at Colorado (24-10-7-2) 9:00 pm EST

DENVER (Ticker) -- The Colorado Avalanche try to earn a point for the ninth consecutive contest Thursday night as they host the Dallas Stars.

Colorado is 7-0-0-1 since a 3-2 home loss to Vancouver on December 29. The Avalanche trail first-place Vancouver by two points in the Northwest Division and are 8-1-0-1 since Peter Forsberg returned from a groin injury on December 27.

Forsberg has three goals and 11 assists on a seven-game points streak. He had a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-1 home win over the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, which was Colorado's third in a row at the Pepsi Center.

Paul Kariya also scored against his former club and has three goals and two assists since returning on January 6 from a wrist injury that kept him out of the lineup for nearly two months.

Dallas is 8-3-5 in its last 16 contests and unbeaten in its last six road games (4-0-2). The Stars improved to 7-12-4-0 away from home as it began a five-game trip with Tuesday's 3-0 win at San Jose, where goaltender Marty Turco 17 saves in his third shutout of the season.

Bill Guerin scored twice and became the 14th American-born player to score 300 goals. Scott Young had Dallas' other goal and has tallied in four straight games.

Colorado has outscored the Stars, 7-2, in winning both meetings this season. On Saturday, Alex Tanguay scored twice and Milan Hejduk and Adam Foote each added a goal and an assist as Colorado tallied three times on the power play en route to a 4-2 win at Dallas.